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Leadership Team

Christopher Kerr, MD, PhDkerr_Headshot_blurred_background2.jpg
Chief Executive Officer & Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Kerr joined Hospice Buffalo in 1999 and was appointed CHPC’s Chief Medical Officer in 2011. Born and raised in Toronto, he has an undergraduate degree in Psychology, a Doctorate of Medicine, a PhD in Neurobiology. Dr. Kerr completed his residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Rochester. He has received numerous awards that recognize his clinical performance, as well as his success as an educator and scientist. 
Dr. Kerr’s background in research has evolved from bench science to the human experience of illness, as witnessed from the bedside, specifically patients dreams and visions at the end of life. The results of his studies generated enormous response in the non-medical community, both nationally and internationally, through coverage that has included the New York Times, Huffington Post, The Atlantic, BBC, Scientific American and Psychology Today.
Dr. Kerr has overseen the integration and expansion of palliative care into local hospitals and developed one of the nation’s largest home-based palliative care programs, Home Connections, as well as Essential Care for Children. 
Learn more about Dr. Kerr 


Joseph BachBach, Joe cropped.jpg
Chief Administrative Officer

As a member of the Executive Leadership Team, Joe  provides overall strategic vision, direction and leadership of multiple departments, including Security/Privacy, Corporate Compliance and Facilities at The Center for Hospice & Palliative Care, ensuring successful operations between all business segments. He is also responsible for business intelligence strategy, analytics, and leveraging information technology to enhance the organization’s operations.
Learn more about Joseph Bach.


Kelley Clem, RN, MSDSC_0055.JPG
VP of Clinical Education & Patient Advocacy

Kelley received her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing in 1985 and received her Masters in Nursing Executive Leadership and Change in 2010. Kelley spent greater than ten years working in a vast array of clinical areas including critical, long-term and acute care before joining Hospice in 1997 as the Manager of Admissions. In 2000, she moved to California and started the first Pediatric Hospice & Perinatal program in Los Angeles. She returned to Buffalo and The Center for Hospice & Palliative Care in 2003 as Director of Essential Care for Children and was also responsible for the development of their Perinatal Program. In 2013 she moved into her current role as VP of Clinical Education and Patient Advocacy. In 2016, she received the Nurse of Distinction in Education Award from the Professional Nurses Association. Learn more about Kelley Clem.


Megan O'Shea Farrell, MDFarrell Cropped more.jpg
Medical Director

Prior to joining Hospice, Dr. Farrell was the Head of Endocrinology at the John M. Loré  Jr. M.D. Head and Neck Center at Sister’s Hospital. Dr. Farrell is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine, with an additional certification in endocrinology, and Board Eligible in hospice & palliative care medicine. 
Learn more about Dr. Farrell


Paula Farwell, RN, BSN, MHA, CHPN Paula Farwell 2.jpg
VP of Community-Based Services

Paula oversees the care of Hospice Buffalo patients in private residences, assisted nursing facilities, and skilled nursing and DD group homes throughout Erie County. She works with the Hospice interdisciplinary team to ensure that our patients, their families, and the facilities that we collaborate with have their needs met in a supportive, specialized, and efficient manner.  Learn more about Paula Farwell.


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President, Hospice Foundation of WNY

Patrick T. Flynn is the President of The Hospice Foundation of WNY, Inc. As a member of The Center for Hospice & Palliative Care’s Executive Leadership Team, he provides strategic oversight of the Hospice Foundation’s fundraising efforts and CHPC’s marketing, public and media relations efforts. Learn more about Patrick Flynn.


Susan HeroldSue Herold 1.jpg
VP of Human Resources

As a member of the Executive Leadership Team, Ms. Herold directs all Human Resource management and oversees Volunteer programs at The Center for Hospice & Palliative Care.
Learn more about Susan Herold


Maureen LehstenDSC_1857.JPG
Chief Financial Officer 

With over 30 years of experience in financial management and healthcare, Maureen develops financial strategy and oversees and manages growth, ensuring alignment with operations and goals of the organization. Maureen is an active and influential leader in the hospice and palliative care industry, committee memberships include: Hospice and Palliative Care Association of New York State (HPCANYS); finance section leader for the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization; Healthcare Financial Management Association, WNY Chapter; Executive Liaison for the National Partnership for Hospice Innovations Group and leads their regulatory and finance chapters. Maureen is a graduate of Leadership Buffalo and currently serves as a Board Member for Every Person Influences Children Inc. and Fox Run of Orchard Park. Learn more about Maureen Lehsten.


Roseann McAnultyRoseann 1.jpg
Chief Operating Office

Roseann is responsible for providing strategic leadership, management and vision related to the
day-to-day operations. Working closely with clinical operations, her primary objective is to balance the highest level of care to patients and families with the operational and financial needs necessary for the organization to thrive. Learn more about Roseann McAnulty


Samantha K. Pudlewski, BSN, RN, CHPNSam 1.jpg
VP of Palliative Care & Admissions 

Samantha joined Hospice Buffalo in 2014 as Clinical Manager of a Homecare Team. Samantha was promoted to Director of Admissions in 2018. Prior to Hospice she was the Director of Nursing at Absolut Care Nursing and Rehabilitation. Learn more about Samantha Pudlewski.


Lynn RikerLynn 1.jpg
Director of Clinical Marketing & Outreach

Lynn oversees community engagement and education efforts to increase awareness and access to palliative care and hospice services in Erie County. 


Cary Sisti, MS, RN, ANP-BC, ACHPNCari S.jpg
Chief Clinical Operations Officer 

Cary graduated from Sister’s School of Nursing and received her Master’s degree in the Adult Nurse Practitioner program at Daemen College. Cary joined the hospice team in 1997 working in a variety of clinical and leadership roles throughout the organization. As a member of the Leadership Team, she provides oversight of clinical operations as well as quality and regulatory compliance for the hospice and palliative care programs. She also serves as the agency Emergency Response Coordinator. 
Learn more about Cary Sisti.


John Tangeman, MD, FACPDSC_1909 cropped.jpg
Administrative Medical Director

Dr. Tangeman joined Hospice Buffalo in 2005. Prior to Hospice, Dr. Tangeman was in private practice in Internal Medicine with Buffalo Medical Group. Dr. Tangeman is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in both internal medicine and hospice & palliative care medicine. He has lectured at the local, state and national level on various topics pertaining to Hospice and Palliative Care. His responsibilities include overseeing and managing admissions to our Hospice program.
Learn more about Dr. John Tangeman


Abigail Unger, LCAT, MT-BCAbby 1.jpg
Director of Expressive Therapies &
Director of  Wilson Support Center 

Abby joined CHPC in 2004 as a Music Therapist and established the Expressive Therapies team in 2010. She implemented multi-service access to music, massage, and art therapies across all care environments as an integrated component of patient and family care. In addition to operations management, Abby provides clinical supervision to staff and interns, interdisciplinary case management, and coordination of various arts programs. As Director of Wilson Support Center, she oversees the operations and development of community grief support programs, events, and resource dissemination. Abby is a practicing music therapist and directs both Camp Blue Skies (bereavement camp for children) and Storm Clouds and Rainbows (child/family grief support group). Learn more about Abigail Unger


Kristie White CWhite cropped.jpg
Finance Director

Kristie joined CHPC in 1994. As Director of Finance, Kristie oversees general accounting, accounts receivable, payroll and regulatory financial reporting. Kristie guides financial decisions by establishing, monitoring and enforcing policies and procedures. She also protects assets by establishing, monitoring and enforcing internal controls. Learn more about Kristie White